Brienne of Tarth
“Tell me the answer now.” ©HBO

As the seasons of Game of Thrones pass, we’ve all grown to love Gwendoline Christie a.k.a Brienne of Tarth. It may have been just one of many nuanced, fully fleshed-out roles on the TV series, but the 38-year-old recognised the potential of the character at once.

Speaking on The Top 10 Game-Changing Game of Thrones Moments, a special on the PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN), Christie says GOT revolutionised the way women are portrayed on TV:

“This was a television show that would put women at the forefront. We were going to explore female characters in a way that conventionally doesn’t happen. [Characters like Sansa, Arya, Daenerys, Cersei and Brienne] wouldn’t simply exist as the mother role, the girlfriend role, the wife role, or the sister. They would be people in their own right. I think putting women to the fore is what has changed the platform for television now.

The show has certainly been good for many of the female actors on the show – Christie has gone on to play Captain Phasma in the Star Wars franchise, while both Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are now a part of the X-Men universe. Emilia Clarke, despite her failed foray on Terminator: Genisys, will also be a part of the Han Solo spinoff movie.

And judging by the record-breaking ratings the Game of Thrones season 7 premiere got, GOT’s popularity hasn’t even reached its peak yet.

Related stories: